'''James Victor "Vic" Chesnutt''' (November 12, 1964 – December 25, 2009) was an United States|American singer-songwriter
from Athens, Georgia
. His first album, little (album)|''Little''
, was released in 1990,
[Khanna, Vish.[http://exclaim.ca/articles/multiarticlesub.aspx?csid1=115&csid2=4&fid1=27887 "Vic Chesnutt's Star Power"], ''Exclaim!'', October 2007.]
but his breakthrough to commercial success didn't come until 1996 with the release of ''Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation
'', a charity record
of alternative artists covering his songs.
Chesnutt released 17 albums during his career, including two produced by Michael Stipe
, and a 1996 release on Capitol Records
, ''About to Choke
''. His musical style has been described by Bryan Carroll of allmusic.com
as a "skewed, refracted version of Americana (music)|Americana
that is haunting, funny,...